Los Blancos welcome Club Brugge at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday night as the Galacticos are looking to tally their first points in the ongoing European campaign.
After a thrilling weekend of huge La Liga clashes across the board, the Spanish giants will now turn their gaze on the mid-week Champions League fixtures.
Their Champions League opener was a disaster as they suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes. But Los Blancos have definitely come a long way since that clash and have actually been on a good streak, keeping three clean sheets in a row and staying undefeated in La Liga.
Zidane’s squad is starting to get their key players back from their injuries and that could affect his lineup against Brugge come Tuesday night.
Nonetheless, Zidane will need to pick a side capable of bouncing back from a harrowing group stage opener.
Thibaut Courtois probably continues his stay between the sticks and with three clean sheets in the last three games, the Belgian’s fortunes might finally be turning.
The Galacticos’ backline won’t really see too many changes. With Marcelo still a doubt for that match and Ferland Mendy also recovering from his injury, Nacho is bound to get another shot at that left-back position. Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane should start at the center-back positions and Daniel Carvajal will likely retain his spot at right-back.
Many Madridistas will surely be excited about Luka Modric’s big return. Real Madrid’s Croatian sensation even featured against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium and now he should finally be ready to start a match once again.
Zidane will probably deploy him next to Toni Kroos and Casemiro in that midfield trident, a mixture of vision and physicality in the engine room.
Karim Benzema will probably lead the line as Real Madrid’s first-choice striker, and he may be flanked by Eden Hazard on the left and Gareth Bale on the right. Both failed to make their mark against Atletico Madrid but remain the strongest options out wide.